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Disappearing Nightly: Book One of Esther Diamond (Esther Diamond Novel) Mass Market Paperback – June 5, 2012
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“A paranormal screwball comedy adventure. Light, happy, fantastically funny!”—Jennifer Cruise, New York Times bestselling author
“A delightful mélange of amateur sleuth mystery, romance and urban fantasy.... Esther Diamond, (is) a protagonist as quirky as Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse…and with the sex appeal of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake.”—Explorations
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Esther Diamond gets the chance to be the star of an off-Broadway show when magician's assistant Golly Gee literally dematerializes during the height of the show and doesn't return, bumping Esther up from her job as understudy and lowly wood nymph to a key role. But when Esther receives a dire note and a newspaper clipping about a second disappearance, followed by a visit from a 350-year-old mage, she begins to realize that she must unravel the mystery or risk her own disappearance.
A surprisingly satisfying book. The dialogue was snappy and fun, the mystery unique and the characters a hilarious bunch of misfits. You can't help but root for the good guys as Esther and her growing band of helpers seek out the answers that will help them fight Evil and locate those who have disappeared. There's even some minor but gratifying romantic subplot.
I bought this book in order to get a feel for the style of writing desired by this publisher and ended up trying to squeeze in every moment I could to sit and read. I was stunned by the intelligent, humorous writing. Not an earth-shattering book of lyrical beauty that will end up winning awards all over the place, but I feel like it deserves my highest rating because it was just so darned fun. I can hardly stand the idea that the second book in this new series will not appear till December.
This is the first Esther Diamond novel. Though, out of print, it was fairly easy to find on Amazon. Having read and loved the latest two, I had to go back and read the first. I had to know how Esther and Max met. And I'm so glad I did. Resnick's characters are fantastic and flamboyant; and Esther's narrative is completely engaging.
Like most urban fantasies, a big mystery and an element of the supernatural is involved. But unlike the rest, the main character, Esther is not (at least for now) the one doing the magic. She is just a normal girl (with some unusual friends) put into incredible circumstances. Full of humor, adventure, suspense, and magic, this series is one of my favorites. The only problem with reading this first installment last, was that the ending was fairly predictable. But knowing the identity of the bad guy did not deter at all from the story. Like the others, this was impossible to put down and pure fun from beginning to end. This is a must-read series for urban fantasy fans.
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Nice way to release the stress of the day. Don't have to think, just read!Published 1 month ago by John Waters
Enjoyable light-hearted urban fantasy, Esther is a great protagonist with interesting supporting characters. Fun book.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It didn't go as smoothly as I was hoping. I liked the humor, but there was too many odd things and not enough explanation.Published 4 months ago by lizzy bookworm
I read a book a day. This has taken me over a week. Just could not get into it. I had to force myself to finish. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bookaholic in Mandeville
I thought this was hilarious and I immediately looked for a second - which wasn't in the stores yet. Read morePublished 13 months ago by S.M.
This book did have me chuckling to myself at a few points, which is more than I ask for when I pick up a cheap paperback. Read morePublished 15 months ago by IdioAphotic
Not worth the trouble; I regret that I wasted the time and money. I greatly respect an author for all the work required to bring a book before the public but, let's face it, there... Read morePublished 15 months ago by W Spice